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September 1st, 2009
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Outer Alliance Pride Day Today

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From:adina_atl
Date:September 1st, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Helen S. Wright's Matter of Oaths is a good science fiction (as opposed to fantasy) novel with two male protagonists in a relationship, where the relationship is well-done, realistic, and central to the plot. A former relationship between one of the men and another man is also important to the plot. All relationships, both straight and gay, are presented as normal to the society, without the society being in any way a utopia. And all major characters live. *g*

One thing I appreciate about Matter of Oaths is that the male/male relationships are portrayed as life-long "serious" relationships, not transitory flings before a male/female marriage or marriage-equivalent. The number of books I've come across with gay sex but het marriage is...troubling.

My first non-straight SF/F was Marion Zimmer Bradley, who was ground-breaking for her time and rather disturbing by current standards.
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From:netmouse
Date:September 2nd, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I'll check that out. Relatedly, on Whatever today Malinda Lo writes about how her book Ash is a fairy tale where gay relationships are presented as normal so she could focus on the falling in love part without her characters having to deal with homophobia at the same time.
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